The NBA and NBPA Have Agreed On A New Collective Bargaining Agreement And Big Changes Are Coming

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It’s been over a decade of labor peace between the NBA and the NBA Players Association, with seemingly very few issues between the sides. Not since the lockout in the 2011 offseason has there been a work stoppage, and it appears as if another one is not coming anytime soon.

The two sides avoided a crucial Friday night opt-out deadline with an agreement on a contract. While, the deal isn’t done officially until ratified by a vote of the owners and the players, that seems to be a formality at this point.

As with any new CBA, big changes are coming to the league. Here are some of the major details, courtesy of Shams.

That last one is surely going to be a big hit with players and fans alike, as public opinion has definitely swayed towards the legalization of marijuana nationwide.

Some of these changes are pretty important and will prevent teams like the Golden State Warriors from spending way over the salary cap via huge luxury tax payments. And, players are going to be much less likely to sit out games unnecessarily, as they will be ineligible for big awards such as MVP and possibly All-NBA. Remember, in the NBA, those awards are tied to how much money a player can make on max contracts, which means a lot to players.

Surely more details will be coming out in the next few days.